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DC Shopian reviews snow clearance, tours various areas

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‘All important and essential services running smoothly’

SHOPIAN, JANUARY 05: After fresh snowfall, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Owais Ahmed, today toured various parts of the district and took first hand review of snow clearance, power and water supply and availability of essential commodities.

Accompanied by a team of officers, he conducted the tour of  Shopian town, Padpawan, Burihalan, Heerpora and reviewed the arrangements for the public.

During his visit, Deputy Commissioner interacted with several people and enquired about any hardship being faced by them. He also directed the officials to gear up their men and machinery to meet any adverse situation arising due to recent snowfall. People of the area appreciated the efforts of administration and expressed that the essential services of water, electricity and road connectivity were restored in record time in the district.

Dr Owais has been closely monitoring restoration of all services after the district received fresh snowfall yesterday. He said that the district administration has setup an effective response mechanism by using control rooms and social media so as to ensure that the issues of general public and redressed in time bound manner.

He said that the snow clearance work was started in the midnight and the administration was able to restore all major roads by 10:00 am. Power and water supply has also been restored. He also advised the public to take precaution while walking or driving on the road. He further said that “while it is essential that the people should keep heating arrangements at their home, they should avoid using bukharis and kangris in closed rooms and ensure proper ventilation of the area as it can be life threatening.”

Pertinently, the DC had chaired an emergency meeting of senior officers of all line departments and later took a first-hand appraisal of efforts on the ground during a late-night inspection tour of the district.

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